Home

 

 
Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Ornate Footman
Utetheisa ornatrix  LINNAEUS, 1758
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - ARCTIINAE
Tribe -
Utetheisa ornatrix, Manu cloudforest, 1700m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are about 6000 known species of Arctiinae in the neotropical region. Most are noxious to birds and have aposematic or diematic warning coloration.
The genus Utetheisa contains 37 known species, with representatives in the Holarctic, Neotropical, Afrotropical, Oriental and Australian regions. The most widespread species is pulchella which occurs in Australia and across much of Asia, Africa and Europe. There are 3 species found in the neotropics i.e. perryi and galapagensis both of which are endemic to the Galapagos islands, and ornatrix which is found in Florida, Texas and south to Bolivia and Argentina.
Habitats
This species is found in a wide range of habitats at elevations between sea level and about 2500m.
Lifecycle
The caterpillars feed on Crotalaria, from which they sequester pyrrolizidine alkaloids, a group of toxins that, amongst other purposes, make them unpalatable to birds. These PAs are stored within the bodies of the caterpillar, pupa and resulting adult moth, all of which inherit the toxicity and are thus protected from predators. They are also passed to the eggs, providing them with protection against a variety of predators such as ants, and from egg parasitoids.
Adult behaviour

This common species flies mainly at night, but is often found at rest on flowers or dead seed heads in daytime.

 

Contact  /  About me

Butterfly-watching holidays

Trip reports

UK latest sightings

Frequently asked questions

Strange but true !

Taxonomy & Evolution

Anatomy

Lifecycle

Enemies of butterflies

Survival strategies

Migration & dispersal

Habitats - UK / Palaearctic

Habitats - Tropical rainforests

Butterfly world census

Butterflies of the World :

British Isles

Europe

Amazon & Andes

North America

temperate Asia

Africa

Indian subcontinent

Malaysia & Borneo

Papua New Guinea

Australia & N.Z.

Insects of Britain & Europe

Insects of Amazonia

Moths of the Andes

Saturniidae - Silkmoths

Caterpillars of the World

Butterfly Photography

Recommended Books

Glossary

Links

Code of practice

Copyright - text & images

Copyright - text & images

X

X

X

X

 

All photographs, artwork, text & website design are the property of Adrian Hoskins ( unless otherwise stated ) and are protected by Copyright. Photographs or text on this website must not be reproduced in part or in whole or published elsewhere without prior written consent of Adrian Hoskins / learnaboutbutterflies.com

Site hosted by Just Host